Joana Mallwitz is back to conduct this new production of Die Lustige Witwe / The Merry Widow at Oper Frankfurt, where she made her debut last season with Pelléas et Mélisande. Next season she takes up the post of General Music Director of the Staatsheater in Nürnberg and will make her debuts at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and Den Norske Opera in Oslo. She has been General Music Director of Erfurt Theater since the beginning of the 2014/15 season, where new productions included Wozzeck, Così fan tutte, Madama Butterfly, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Don Giovanni. She is a regular guest at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, where she has conducted Die Zauberflöte, Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci and Der fliegende Holländer/The Flying Dutchman and Verdi's Macbeth, a work with which she enjoyed great success at Zurich Opera. She has also conducted L'elisir d'amore at the Hamburg State Opera and Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung at Latvian National Opera in Riga. Concert work has included appearances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Nürnberg and Göteborg symphony orchestras, the Helsingborg Orchestra and Kremerata Baltica. Joana Mallwitz began her career as a Kapellmeister and assistant to the GMD at Theater Heidelberg, where she was able to build up a substantial repertoire.